The winter high school sports season begins tonight with girls' basketball. Boys' basketball will start a week from tonight, and ice hockey teams will face off the following week.
The Laconia Sachems look to improve on an impressive run that ended in the in with a tournament loss to Bow last winter in the quarter-finals. Laconia, with a team of mostly freshmen and sophomores in the 2012-2013 season, had modest expectations last year but was able to earn the seventh seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament. The Sachems finished the season with a 14-6 record. A new season will begin on Friday night when the team, still on the young side but now playing with some big-game experience, travels to Bristol to take on Newfound Regional.
Friday night will see Belmont travel to Farmington and Gilford visiting Somersworth. Winnisquam will host White Mountains and Inter-Lakes welcomes Mascoma Valley.
Laconia's boys team did not fare as well as their counterparts, finishing the year with a 5-13 record. The Sachems were able to finish the season on a positive note, winning the last two games of the season. The boys will begin their season on Friday, Dec. 13, when they travel to Whitefield to take on White Mountain Regional.
In other local action on Dec. 13, Gilford will travel to Franklin and Belmont heads to Somersworth. Inter-Lakes is also on the road in Alton matching up against Prospect Mountain. Winnisquam will play host to Berlin.